Christmas Carol Classics: Deck The Halls

“Deck the halls with boughs of holly,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Tis the season to be jolly,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Don we now our gay apparel,
Fa la la, la la la, la la la.
Troll the ancient Yule tide carol,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

See the blazing Yule before us,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Strike the harp and join the chorus.
Fa la la la la, la la la la.”

Today’s carol is “Deck The Halls” and you can listen to it here.  This song was sung in the original Welsh in the 16th century and in English in 1862.  This is one of those songs that was meant to be sung as a competition between two groups of singers. It was also not originally sung around Christmas, but instead the New Year.

I share this song for many of the reasons that people sing carols to begin with: to spread good cheer.  This song is all about the cheer and celebration of the holidays. It encourages us to decorate the world and gather together and be merry.  Some of us decorate because it’s tradition, others do it because it’s for their kids, but it’s really an opportunity for all of us to celebrate life, being alive, making it to and through another year, and the ways that we’ve changed and grown over the past year.  What will you celebrate this year?

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